Hellraiser Boxing News | British Beef Undercard Preview: Bellotti, Cheeseman, Webb, Buatsi
Adam Thorn previews and predicts the undercard of the huge British Beef bill at London's O2 this Saturday. Fighting on the show are Reece Bellotti and Ben Jones, Ted Cheeseman and Carson Jones, Nick Webb & Joshua Buatsi.
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By Adam Thorn
Reece Bellotti 11-0 (10) versus Ben Jones 22-6-1 (10)
Commonwealth Featherweight Title
Reece Bellotti has an astonishing knockout ratio for a featherweight, hence his nom de guerre of Bomber, and hasn’t gone the distance since 2015, in his third fight. When winning the Commonwealth strap from its previous holder, Jason Cunningham, the Watford fighter initially struggled with the Doncaster man’s elusive and awkward southpaw style. That was until his relentless body-shots slowed Jason down, and Reece dropped him heavily at the end of round five. Bellotti turned the screw and took the title with an impressive assault at the start of the sixth. That was his last outing, in October 2017.
Ben Jones’s last fight was back in April last year, also to Jason Cunningham, also for the Commonwealth featherweight title. Cunningham boxed much the same as he did against Bellotti, on the back foot, countering and picking off the game Assassin Boxing fighter Jones as he came in. Although Jones was unlucky to be on the wrong end of a split decision, it was a close fight, and now he has another chance.
At thirty five Jones will be keenly aware there are a limited number of shots he’ll get at the big titles left, and will no doubt again be in peak condition. He is also noticeably bigger after rehydrating post weigh in. The man known as Duracell due to his stamina may be hoping that Bellotti will tire down the stretch, and try to be more elusive in the first half, then put it on the Watford man, who has never been more than eight rounds. If that’s the case then this could be a closer fight than it looks on paper, but the upset would be just that, and the feeling is that at some point the two men will trade, and Bellotti would then come out on top.
However, everyone at Hellraiser Boxing is really hoping Ben can pull the win off, and wishes him the best of luck for the fight.
Ted Cheeseman 12-0 (8) versus Carson Jones 40-12-3 (30)
WBA International Super Welterweight title
Tough Oklahoma City man Carson Jones is a name well known on these shores, having fought in the United Kingdom six times since 2012. He’s produced some upsets along the way too, coming very close to upsetting Kell Brook’s then perfect record on his first visit, drew with Dean Byrne, blasted out Brian Rose in 2015 then took prospect Ben Hall’s “0” with a stoppage in late 2016. Jones is rough and ready, always capable in a scrap but can be outboxed.
Cheeseman has had a frustrating last year, only getting out once in the first half of 2017, outpointing Jack Sellars in March. He then won the English super welterweight title in July, stopping Matthew Ryan in the third round, but despite getting out three times since, never defended the belt. Hellraiser Boxing’s Asinia Byfield has been ordered to meet Jamie Metcalf for the now vacant title, in a fight which is also final eliminator for the British title.
Ted’s support from Bermondsey won’t have far to come and should be cheering their man home to a points win. Jones is a war horse but hasn’t been stopped since Kell Brook did so in their 2013 rematch, it would be a surprise to see him halted here, although not out of the question. Cheeseman’s upright, tight guard and booming right hand can help him win with possibly a scare on the way- either way it’s a well matched fight and a good test for Ted at this stage of his career.
Nick Webb 11-0 (9) versus Dorian Darch 12-6-1 (1)
You can’t help but admire Dorian Darch’s guts. The thirty three year old from Wales has a CV boasting a win over Tom Little, and has also fought Ian Lewison, Hughie Fury, Anthony Joshua, Eddie Chambers and most recently Daniel Dubois. The latter three in that list all halted Dorian, however, and that’s an ominous sign. He heads into this six rounder with unbeaten Webb, who has nine wins of eleven by way of stoppage, and a five inch height advantage.
The heavyweights can turn a fight with one punch, though only one of Darch’s twelve victories came early, and it is very hard to see beyond a Webb win, most likely between rounds 4-6.
Joshua Buatsi 3-0 (2) versus Jordan Joseph 7-1-1 (2)
Light heavyweight prospect, and Olympic bronze medal winner Joshua Buatsi steps out for his fourth pro contest against Jordan Joseph in a six rounder. Joseph went ten rounds with Chris Hobbs in March last year for the Southern Area title, although he lost it on points. Buatsi went six rounds in his last fight, but will be wanting to make a statement and shoot up the British rankings, if he can get inside the taller man’s reach, we could see an early finish in an exciting fight.
Also competing on the Matchroom bill will be 4-0 Danny Dignum fighting Rhys Pagan, who went the distance with Lerrone Richards for the WBO European title in his last fight. Expect a Dignum points win in that one. Felix Cash, Charlie Edwards and Paul Butler also will feature, but none have opponents as yet and are only scheduled for 6 or 8 rounds so it would be a terrific shock to see anything other than wins for them.
Posted: 31st Jan 2018
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